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#03-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Icicle’s Adak Plant To Take Summer Hiatus
By Stephanie Joyce, KUCB - Unalaska | March 4, 2013 - 5:29 pm
Icicle Seafoods’ Adak plant won’t be processing fish this summer. Icicle didn’t respond to multiple interview requests, but the company’s plant manager told the Adak city council last month that the plant wouldn’t be operating because generating power is too expensive during the slower fishing months. That’s disappointing news for Pat Davis. He owns the 48-foot F/V Cascade, and fishes for halibut.....

House Passes Permitting Bill
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | March 5, 2013 - 12:00 am
In a late night vote, the Alaska House passed legislation that would change the way water rights are processed. The bill is part of Gov. Sean Parnell’s efforts to overhaul the permitting system, and it’s prompted some criticism from conservation groups like Trout Unlimited. Rep. Eric Feige, a Republican from Chickaloon, characterizes it as a pro-industry reform package that will help reduce a backlog in permit applications. “The overall theme of the bill is to bring some more efficiency, bring better service to the public....

Your cost of doing business, rising again
The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing a $26 annual renewal fee for vessel documentation......

St. George Harbor Project Progresses
By Stephanie Joyce
Monday, March 04 2013
After decades of lobbying and planning, a project to overhaul the boat harbor on St. George Island is finally moving forward. The state is accepting bids for the project design, and hopes to have fully developed construction plans by 2015. St. George mayor Pat Pletnikoff says the sooner the harbor is built, the better. “Without a functional harbor, in short order, [St. George] will....

Begich Calls for Investment in Arctic Ports
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | March 4, 2013 - 5:39 pm
As the Alaska state legislature starts its budget hearings, Sen. Mark Begich is offering his own request: Put $2 billion toward ports infrastructure. “A system of deep-water Arctic ports across the region will expedite oil and gas development, expanding fishing and mining.” Begich made his request on Monday, during his annual address to the legislature. He says that.....

Interior Secretary's Confirmation Hits Snags Over Proposed Road In Alaska
March 04, 2013 3:00 PM
Sally Jewell was tapped last month for Interior Secretary but one of Alaska's senators, Republican Lisa Murkowski, announced she might block the nomination. At issue is a proposed gravel road in King Cove, Alaska. The town is so remote that the residents have no way to get in and out. The road would connect King Cove to a larger town nearby, but it would have to cut through a national wildlife refuge. Washington Post environment reporter Juliet Eilperin explains to Audie Cornish why the town of less than a thousand has an impact on a nomination for a national position....

I Have It Made In Alaska
Posted on March 5, 2013 by Willis Eschenbach
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach
In the fall of 1964 I started college at the University of California at Berkeley, but I hated it. I lasted one year, and in 1965 I went to Alaska to seek my fortune. My cousin and I had heard that fishermen in a place called Kodiak Island were making big money up north. I had a few dollars I’d made working as a cowboy. So I grabbed my guitar and pack and bedroll and I went north to be an Alaska fisherman and strike it rich. I’d never been on a jet before. Heck, I’d never been on a plane before, just bought the ticket and got on. We flew to Juneau, flying hour after hour over untouched northern forests. Mountains, valleys, no sign of man. Juneau sits on a skinny foreshore, with an entire panoply of waterfalls laughing down the cliff behind. I’ve never seen it other than overcast. I’ve never seen it in the winter. I love Alaska in the summer.....